A couple of months ago I had this conversation with Ouest and afterwards I jotted it down. I found it on my desktop today: When I told Ouest that we were thinking about taking a smaller truck to South America, instead of our blue bus, I explained to her that … Read More

Travco For Sale

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EDIT:  Sold! Within two hours of listing the bus, we’ve got the money in our account. If there is one thing (well, three things) we’ve learned with selling things it is to be honest, take gorgeous pictures, and to price it to sell. When we’re ready to move on to … Read More

Bus Prepping



The past few days, since we decided on selling the bus, have been filled with minor projects. Things like replacing the odometer cable, replacing two ceiling panels, rearranging the kids’ bedroom for adult use once again, and giving the walls and cabinets a fresh coat of stain. Mostly just a … Read More

Going International



Well, this has been brewing for a few months, but this weekend we finally made a purchase that pretty much cements it—we’re heading to South America. About six months ago now, Ali and I decided that it was a good time for your family to get moving again. We have … Read More

Got Oil?



We left the watery lake behind and headed for a dry one instead. The Black Rock Desert is where 50,000 people descend each year for Burning Man. But right now it’s completely empty. Until our friends pull up doing 50 miles an hour in reverse. Because that’s the sort of … Read More

Pyramid Lake



After a couple of days in the city we went off in search of some nature. Not far from Reno is Pyramid Lake. It’s sort of like boondocking on the beach, with the difference being the $15 a day fee for non-tribe members attached. But like a gift, we found … Read More

Biggest Little City



The weather wasn’t looking very pretty for a few days, so we decided to head for a city to find some things to do. We’d never been to Reno before, so we looked it up, found some fun activities, and pointed the bus that way. We rolled into town and … Read More

Bishop to Walker Lake



Bishop. This is a nice little town. Just about the size we like these days—big enough to have a few choices of places to eat, small enough to not have a Walmart. Late April is not late enough. It’s cold every night—in the thirties cold. Anything at elevation much beyond … Read More

Old School Pool



It felt good to wake up to this after the previous day’s trials. Mount Whitney loomed over us from a short distance. Such fresh air and crisp vistas. The greatest joy of being a boy. See if you can guess what it is. After a couple days we needed to empty … Read More

Overheating in Death Valley



After the lake bed we headed down the highway to Baker, California. There we knew of a place we had boondocked back in our VW bus days, right out in the Mojave Desert. When we made the turn off the highway we found orange cones across the road—this is literally … Read More

Jean Dry Lake



From Vegas it was just a short drive down to the Jean dry lake. People talk about how much garbage there is in Mexico, or whatever country we happen to be in, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place so filthy as the first twenty miles of desert … Read More

The Strip



We thought it would be fun to have a Las Vegas Strip day. Starting at the far south end of town with a sign that would have welcomed all the riffraff driving up from LA since the early days. I thought this line was kind of amusing. Only in America … Read More